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Blockbuster actor Tom Cruise released a video on Sunday thanking his audience for making “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to the 1986 film, a stunning success as it debuts on Paramount+. The video, however, was filmed in a way only Cruise, who’s known for doing his own stunts, could pull off.

“Hey everyone! Here we are over stunning South Africa and we’re filming Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Parts One and Two.” the actor stated while aboard a helicopter thousands of feet in the air. “I didn’t want the year to end without thanking you all for coming out to the theater, and thank you for supporting Top Gun: Maverick!”

The actor, who stars as Maverick in the sequel blockbuster released earlier this year, then had Chris McQuarrie, the director of Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning, thank the audience as well.

“This here is Chris McQuarrie, writer, and director,” Cruise stated, with the director exclaiming “Hi everybody, hey. Thank you!”

“Hey listen, we really gotta roll, we gotta get this shot!” Cruise said as he prepared to jump from the helicopter.

“Okay! We’ll see you down there.” the actor stated as he jumped from thousands of feet up in the air, reemphasizing his gratitude on his descent back to Earth: “Where was I? Oh yeah! Thank you for supporting Top Gun: Maverick!”


“As always, thank you for allowing us to entertain you. It truly is the honor of a lifetime…Very lucky,” he added.

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“I’m running out of altitude, so I better get back to work,” the Mission Impossible star explained. “We gotta get this shot! You have a very safe and happy holiday. We’ll see you at the movies!”

“Top Gun: Maverick” was one of the biggest movies of the year hitting a worldwide box office total of $1.488 billion, putting it as the 11th highest-grossing film of all time.

The film is also Cruise’s biggest personal success when it surpassed $800 million in June 2022, per Fox News.

As Hollywood continues to embrace left-leaning narratives that turn off American audiences, movies like Top Gun: Maverick are more than happy to embrace the patriotism and love for country that invigorate American to head to the theater for some fun.

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